Tuesday 13 November 2018

Cranberries star Dolores 'very vulnerable' after splitting from husband of 20 years, her mother reveals

"I gave her a hug. I tried to talk to her. She didn't realise I was there at all. I put Lourdes water on her"

Dolores O'Riordan and Don Burton pictured together in 2004.
Dolores O'Riordan and Don Burton pictured together in 2004.

By David Raleigh

CRANBERRIES singer Dolores O'Riordan has split from her husband of 20 years.

The singer - who was at the centre of an alleged air-rage incident earlier this week - is currently being treated by a doctor and nurse to help her cope with the stress of her marriage separation, her mother has revealed.

The wedding of Cranberries star Dolores ORiordan from Ballybricken and Don Burton at Holy Cross Abbey, Tipperary.
The wedding of Cranberries star Dolores ORiordan from Ballybricken and Don Burton at Holy Cross Abbey, Tipperary.

Eileen O'Riordan told the Limerick Leader newspaper that her daughter is in a "very vulnerable" place.

"She is going through a marriage separation at the moment. That's hard for anyone," Eileen told the newspaper.

The mother of the ex Cranberries singer said her daughter was "still in Ireland" and was being closely monitored by doctors.

"She has a nurse with her and a doctor who visits every day because she can't go out."

Dolores married former Duran Duran band tour manager Don Burton in 1994 at Holycross Abbey, Tipperary, and the couple held a lavish ceremony at the Aherlow House Hotel.

Her mother said Dolores is keeping in close contact - via phone calls - with her children Taylor (16), Molly (13), and Dakota (9), who are with their father in his native Canada.

"They just know that mommy isn't well at the moment," their grandmother said.

Dolores, who has sold tens of millions of records with her former band the Cranberries, as well as through her solo work, was arrested by Gardai at Shannon Airport last Monday.

The 43-year old was on board an Aer Lingus flight from New York to Shannon in which she allegedly assaulted a female air stewardess by stamping on her foot. During the course of her arrest she allegedly head butted a garda and spat in his face.

Dolores's mother described in shocking detail the moment she found her daughter in a cell in Shannon Garda station.

"Dolores was inside a room, she was lying on the floor, curled up. She had her head covered and her face covered up," Eileen told the Limerick Leader.

"She was trying to protect herself. I gave her a hug. I tried to talk to her. She didn't realise I was there at all. I put Lourdes water on her."

"She didn't know who I was, she was trying to cover herself from me," Eileen recalled.

Speaking about the alleged air rage incident, the singer's mother said she was "waiting" for something like that to happen because her daughter has been struggling.

Reflecting on the alleged air rage incident, Eileen revealed she was "waiting" for her daughter to go into some sort of psychological meltdown.

"She is suffering from a lack of sleep over the weeks and her brain is racing all the time," she said.

"She is working very hard. When she was in New York, producing a new album, she kept saying, 'when I go home to my mother in Ireland, I will be fine'."

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